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Be the Light

Ray’s Daily

October 31, 2018

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“See the light in each other. Be the light for each other.”

empathy

I don’t think there is anything more important to achieving a happy and productive life than forming positive relationships with others. It is the support that we receive from a caring family and helpful friends and colleagues that enriches our lives.

These bonds do not come automatically, they are earned. Folks care for people who care for them. I don’t mean phony platitudes but rather sincere interest in and empathy for others. I always expect to like the people I meet and take a sincere interest in learning more about them and almost always I find that they are worth knowing.

Here is a piece that offers insight into the value of taking interest in those we meet.

What I Know About People – 5 Key Principles

by Dr. John C. Maxwell

One of the things that characterized the leadership of Mary Kay Ash-and contributed greatly to her success-was the fact that she valued the individual worth of people. This concept wasn’t just a corporate slogan for the cosmetics company that bears her name; it was the way she lived her life.

This remarkable lady started her company as a way to provide women with an unlimited opportunity for personal and financial success. Why did she have that goal? Because she valued people. To her, everybody was somebody. And in the end, that’s what made her a success. Thinking about this philosophy that was so much a part of Mary Kay’s life brought to mind a few truths that I have discovered about people over the years. Here are five key principles that will help you understand the people you lead and help you lead them more effectively.

  1. Everybody wants to be somebody. – Isn’t that true? Everybody wants to accomplish something. They want to have some worth. They want a little recognition. And they certainly want some affirmation.
  2. Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care. – If you want to touch people and change lives, you have to touch them relationally first. Don’t tell them what you know. You don’t impress them with your knowledge; you impress them with your compassion.
  3. Everybody needs somebody. – Every so often, I come across someone who says, “I don’t need anybody. I’m independent; I’m a self-made man (or woman).” When people tell me this, they think I’m going to congratulate them. But I don’t. In fact, my reaction is just the opposite. You can’t achieve greatness by yourself. So if you’ve done something all by yourself, you haven’t done much at all.
  4. Anybody who helps somebody influences a lot of somebodies. – When you help someone, you’re not only helping that person. Either directly or indirectly, you’re also helping everyone within that person’s sphere of influence. The power of influence always adds and multiplies.
  5. Today, somebody will rise up and become somebody. – This was one of Mary Kay’s foundational understandings. Because she believed so strongly in the individual worth of every person, she could see your value before you saw it yourself.

You may not achieve the kind of name recognition that Mary Kay realized in her lifetime, but if you take these five ideas to heart and act accordingly, you will greatly increase your chances of succeeding–as a leader and in all your other roles.

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“Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling with the heart of another.”

Anonymous

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Before performing a baptism, the priest approached the young father and said solemnly, “Baptism is a serious step.  Are you prepared for it?”

“I think so,” the man replied.  “My wife has made appetizers and we have a caterer coming to provide plenty of cookies and cakes for all of our guests.”

“I don’t mean that,” the priest responded.  “I mean, are you prepared spiritually?”

“Oh, sure,” came the reply.  “I’ve got a keg of beer and a case of whiskey.”

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Boring husband: “Honey, why are you wearing your wedding ring on the wrong finger?” Bored wife: “Because I married the wrong man!”

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The US has succeeded in building a computer able to solve any strategic or tactical problem. Military leaders are assembled in front of the new machine and instructed to feed a difficult tactical problem into it. They describe a hypothetical situation to the computer and then ask the pivotal question: ATTACK OR RETREAT?

The computer hums away for an hour and then comes up with the answer: YES.

The generals look at each other, somewhat stupefied. Finally one of them submits a second request to the computer: YES WHAT?

Instantly the computer responded: YES SIR.

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Nine-tenths of wisdom is appreciation. Go find somebody’s hand and squeeze it, while there’s time.

Dale Dauten

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A man was walking in the mountains just enjoying the scenery when he stepped too close to the edge of the mountain and started to fall. In desperation he reached out and grabbed a limb of a gnarly old tree hanging onto the side of the cliff.  Full of fear he assessed his situation.  He was about 100 feet down a shear cliff and about 900 feet from the floor of the canyon below. If he should slip again he’d plummet to his death. Full of fear, he cries out, “Help me!” But there was no answer. Again and again he cried out but to no avail.

Finally he yelled, “Is anybody up there?”

A deep voice replied, “Yes, I’m up here.”

“Who is it?”

“It’s the Lord”

“Can you help me?”

“Yes, I can help.”

“Help me!”

“Let go.”

Looking around the man became full of panic.

“What?!?!”

“Let go. I will catch you.”

“Uh… Is there anybody else up there?”

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“Empathy is a skill like any other human skill. If you get a chance to practice, you can get better at it.”

Simon Baron Cohen

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

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They enjoy life

Ray’s Daily

October 30, 2018

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Aging can be fun if you lay back and enjoy it.

Clint Eastwood

aging

Over the past few weeks I have sat at a dinner table with a lady who is aboutr to clehbrate her 102nd birthday, she told me how much she was looking forward to an upcoming cduise with friends. Saturday I lunched with a vivacious 96 year old pianist who still performs. Almost every day my wife and me meet new people share their positive outlook on life, they are inspirational.

Today I would like to share with you an article that could have been written by our new friends.

Old Age is a Gift – I Have Decided Story

I am now, probably for the first time in my life, the person I have always wanted to be. Oh, not my body! I sometime despair over my body – the wrinkles, the baggy eyes, and the sagging butt. And often I am taken aback by that old person that lives in my mirror, but I don’t agonize over those things for long.

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I’ve aged, I’ve become more kind to myself, and less critical of myself. I’ve become my own friend. I don’t chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn’t need, but looks so avant-garde on my patio. I am entitled to overeat, to be messy, to be extravagant. I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 am, and sleep until noon?  I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60’s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love.. I will I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the bikini set. They, too, will get old!

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten, and I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when a beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect. Old Age is a Gift

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turn gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver. I can say ‘no’, and mean it. I can say ‘yes’, and mean it

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don’tquestion myself anymore. I’ve even earned the right to be wrong

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day

Author: Unknown

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Aging gracefully means being flexible, being open, allowing change, enjoying change and loving yourself.

Wendy Whelan

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Employed by the human-development center of a corporation in the midwest, my friend trains employees in proper dress codes and etiquette.

One day as she was stepping onto the elevator, a man casually dressed in jeans and a golf shirt got on with her.

Thinking of her responsibilities, she scolded, “Dressed a little casually today, aren’t we?”

The man replied, “That’s one benefit of owning the company….”

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Who are these kids and why are they calling me Mom?

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Sarah was reading a newspaper, while her husband was engrossed in a magazine.  Suddenly, she burst out laughing.

“Listen to this,” she said.  “There’s a classified ad here where a guy is offering to swap his wife for a season ticket to the stadium.”

“Hmmm,” her husband said, not looking up from his magazine.

Teasing him, Sarah said, “Would you swap me for a season ticket?”

“Absolutely not,” he said.

“How sweet,” Sarah said.  “Tell me why not.”

“Season’s more than half over,” he said.

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“I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be thinking up something else.”

Lily Tomlin

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Isn’t it great that the movies taught us that:

When they are alone, all foreigners prefer to speak English to each other.
When you turn out the light to go to bed, everything in your room will still be clearly visible, just slightly bluish.
When a person is knocked unconscious by a blow to the head, they will never suffer a concussion or brain damage.
When paying for a taxi, don’t look at your wallet as you take out a bill. Just grab one at random and hand it over. It will always be the exact fare.
Terminals never display a cursor on screen but will always say: Enter Password Now.
You can always find a chainsaw whenever you’re likely to need one.
You’re very likely to survive any battle in any war unless you make the mistake of showing someone a picture of your sweetheart back home.

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Then Rita Rudner told us that:

Men love watches with multiple functions.  My husband has one that is a combination address book, telescope and piano.

Men are brave enough to go to war, but they are not brave enough to get a bikini wax.

Men have higher body temperatures than women. If your heating goes out in winter, I recommend sleeping next to a man. Men are like portable heaters that snore.

Women take clothing much more seriously than men.  I’ve never seen a man walk into a party and say “Oh, my God, I’m so embarrassed; get me out of here.  There’s another man wearing a black tuxedo.”

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“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”

Sophia Loren

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

Be your best friend

Ray’s Daily

October 29, 2018

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Be nice to yourself… It’s hard to be happy when someone is mean to you all the time.

Christine Aryloe

Like yourself

There is one person who will stay with us all our lives. It is ourselves. Unfortunately, some of us miss happiness because we don’t like ourselves as mush as we should. The one sure way to foster despair is excessive self-criticism.

I run into far too many folks that are much better than they realize they are. People that just need to give themselves a break by recognizing their value. Happy people are those who are their own best friend.

Recently I found the following quotes on the Positive Provocations blog, I would like to share them with you today.

The Most Healing SELF COMPASSION Quotes Ever!

Be kind to yourself. Remember that when you abuse yourself, you will experience the anger, regret, and apathy of the bully as well as the depression, anxiety, and insecurity of the victim. Whatever you do, be kind to yourself.

Vironika Tugalevaf

Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.

Christopher Germer

It is lack of love for ourselves that inhibits our compassion toward others. If we make friends with ourselves, then there is no obstacle to opening our hearts and minds to others.

Author Unknown

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.

Jack Kornfield

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.

Buddha

A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.

Christopher Germer

Talk to yourself as you would someone you love.

Brene Brown

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Fleischmann:  “How are you feeling today?”

Perlmutter:  I tell you … I’ve got so many aches and pains, if I get a new one today, it will have to wait two weeks before I can even worry about it!”

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The crumbling, old church building needed remodeling, so the preacher made an impassioned appeal, looking directly at the richest may in town. At the end of the message, the rich man stood up and announced, “Pastor, I will contribute $1,000.”

Just then, plaster fell from the ceiling and struck the rich man on the shoulder. He promptly stood again and shouted, “Pastor, I will increase my donation to $5,000.”

Before he could sit back down, plaster fell on him again, and again he virtually screamed, “Pastor, I will double my last pledge.”

He sat down, and an larger chunk of plaster fell hitting him on the head. He stood once more and hollered, “Pastor, I will give $20,000!”

This prompted a deacon to shout, “Hit him again, Lord!  Hit him again!”

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“I recently had my Visa card stolen. Now it’s everywhere I want to be.”

Scott Wood

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Two doctors opened an office in a small town and put up a sign reading “Dr. Smith and Dr. Jones, Psychiatry and Proctology.”

The town council was not too happy with that sign, so the doctors changed it to “Hysterias and Posteriors.”

This was not acceptable either, so in an effort to satisfy the council, they changed the sign to “Schizoids and Hemorrhoids.”

No go!

Next they tried “Catatonics and High Colonics.”

Thumbs down again.

Then came, “Manic-depressives and Anal-retentives.”

Still not good enough.

How about, “Minds and Behinds.”

Unacceptable again.

Almost at their wits’ end, the doctors finally came up with a title they thought might be acceptable to the council;

“Dr. Smith and Dr. Jones, Odds and Ends.”

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Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

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Esther was entranced with an expensive mink coat she had seen in an exclusive shop, and for days she cudgeled her brain to think of a way to bring up the subject to her husband. Suddenly she had an inspired thought.

“Sol, last night I had a lovely dream.”

“What kind of a dream, Esther?”

“I dreamed that we passed by Saks Fifth Avenue, and there in the window was this gorgeous mink coat — only $6,200. And you know what you did? You went right in and bought it for me, Sollie dear!”

“Say, that really was a wonderful dream! Hereafter, in all your dreams, you should wear it in good health, Esther dear!”

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Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.

Pema Chodront

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

Use your free time

Ray’s Daily

October 26, 2018

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No one knows what he can do until he tries.

Publilius Syrus

Do Something

One of the realities of aging is reduced mobility. It might be driving limitations, loss of energy or an infirmity. In any case many of us end up with reduced social contact and more alone time. Unless we learn to make good use of more spare time we can stagnate and and slip into despondence.

I told a new friend the other day that I thought we need to look at more spare time as a gift that will allow us to engage our brains as we learn and explore new areas of thought,

I do not think it is healthy to become a recluse as we all need interaction with others, but I do believe that we do well by not letting unused time become periods of mental inactivity.

Here is an excerpt from an article on the Pick the Brain website that offers suggestions on how you can make better use of your time.

Learn to enjoy your alone time.

“There is a very secret sweetness about being alone that you will miss if you fear it so much.” –

Before you can be comfortable with other people, you must be comfortable with yourself.

How are you doing on your own?

Yes, you’re lonely, but are you enjoying the loneliness?

“How do I enjoy loneliness?” you ask.

Find activities you enjoy doing by yourself. Visit places you want to see. Attend cultural events or the museum on your own.

Can you enjoy the experience by yourself? Can you do something you’re passionate about and have a good time doing so?

If don’t enjoy alone time, take part—by yourself—in activities that interest you. Try to enjoy yourself.

Get excited about and wrapped up in topics and activities you like.

Before you bring others into your life, find ways to appreciate your alone time.

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Accepting reality means that you’re ready to do something with it, and to do something about it.

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Ricky was at the mall and went into a toy shop, picked up a toy plane, gave the shopkeeper fake money and started to leave.

The shopkeeper told him, “Excuse me little boy, this isn’t real money.”

Ricky continued walking out of the shop and didn’t reply.

The shopkeeper repeated himself, and Ricky kept walking.

The third time the shopkeeper called him, Ricky said “What?”

The shopkeeper said, “I’m sorry, young man, but this is not real money.”

Ricky looked at the plane in his hands, looked at the shopkeeper and finally said, “And this isn’t a real plane.”

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Home is where you can say anything you like ’cause nobody listens to you anyway.

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It was the beginning of term at a primary school in Brooklyn. The Teacher asked the children their names one at a time, and for each to Spell their name out loud.

When she came to a young Asian boy and asked his name, he Replied, “Ravashanka Vankatarataam Bannerjee.”

“How do you spell that?” asked the teacher.

“My mother helps me,” said the little boy.

~~~

Late to Bed, Early to Rise; Work like Hell, and You’ll be Wise.

Hyman G. Rickover, Father of the U.S. Nuclear Navy

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I have been dieting and I thought I would share with you some weigh-in tips:

  1. Weigh yourself with clothes on, after dinner … as well as in the morning, without clothes, before breakfast, because it’s nice to see how much weight you’ve lost overnight.
  2. Never weigh yourself with wet hair.
  3. When weighing, remove everything, including glasses. In this case, blurred vision is an asset.
  4. Use cheap scales only, never the medical kind, because they are always five pounds off.
  5. Always go to the bathroom first.
  6. Stand with arms raised, making pressure on the scale lighter.
  7. Don’t eat or drink in the morning until AFTER you’ve weighed in completely naked, of course.
  8. Weigh yourself after a haircut, this is good for at least half a pound of hair (hopefully).
  9. Exhale with all your might BEFORE stepping onto the scale (air has to weigh something, right?).
  10. Start out with just one foot on the scale, then holding onto the towel rack in front of you, slowly edge your other foot on and slowly let off of the rack. Admittedly, this takes time, but it’s worth it. You will weigh at least two pounds less than if you’d stepped on normally.

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Murphy told Quinn that his wife was driving him to drink.

Quinn thinks he’s very lucky because his own wife makes him walk.

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Two nuns were shopping in a food store and happened to be passing the beer and liquor section. One asks the other if she would like a beer. The other nun answered that would be good, but that she would be queasy about purchasing it. The first nun said that she would handle it and picked up a six pack and took it to the cashier.

The cashier had a surprised look and the first nun said, “The beer is used for washing our hair.”

The cashier, without blinking an eye, reached under the counter and put a package of pretzels in the bag with the beer saying, “Here, don’t forget the curlers.”

~~~

Honestly sitting around feeling sorry for yourself won’t change anything. If you want your life to change you have to do something about it.

Sonya Parker

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

It’s not too late

Ray’s Daily

October 25, 2018

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“It’s never too late to start something new, to do all those things that you’ve been longing to do.”

Dallas Clayton

Not too late

If you are like I am someday often turns into never. How many opportunities do we miss because we just don’t take the time to something. It is when we let oru routines dominate not only our days but also our thinking that we miss doing what would have made us happy.

I told a friend years ago that I could think of nothing worse than trying to hold up the coffin lid hollering “Wait I haven’t started yet.” I know we like to think we are immortal but we are not. We never know how may tomorrows we have left so we should not let to many turn into wasted yesterday.

The following story got me thinking about what I can still do to make the days ahead as good as possible.

STORY OF A TOMBSTONE

I like to visit the cemetery and look at different tombstones. I like to find out what is the last phrase that people like to put in their tombstones. It always gives me a lot of inspirations.

On day, I walked into a cemetery aimlessly looking at different tombstones. There have a lot of fancy carved stones engraved with famous proverbs. Some have beautiful sculptures, some big and some small.

Suddenly, I saw a tombstone; no fancy carving, no beautiful sculpture, not big, just an ordinary stone. On the stone, it said:

1964 to 1984

Getter Edge

In the middle of the stone, it had a big word carved……”IF” and under this word it said “I have another chance”.

I stood there, don’t know for how long, looked at the big word “IF” and the little words “I have another chance”. A lot of thoughts went through my mind.

I asked myself, “If I have another chance, what will I do?!!”

Friends, if you have another chance, what will you do? Will you treasure the chance that you have or will you wait until your tombstone says:

“IF”

“I have another chance”

Benny Lam

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“If the path you’re walking on seems to be leading you to nowhere, stop and choose another. It’s never too late to change direction.”

Anonymous

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A lawyer was trying to console a weeping widow. Her husband had passed away without a will. “Did the deceased have any last words?” asked the lawyer.

“You mean *right* before he died?” sobbed the widow.

“Yes,” replied the lawyer. “They might be helpful if it’s not too painful for you to recall.

“”Well,” she began, “he said ‘Don’t try to scare me! You couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with that gun.'”

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“Trust your husband, adore your husband, and get as much as you can in your own name.”

Joan Rivers

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He said:

As a traffic safety consultant, I often gave talks on accident prevention.  One night after I spoke to a PTA group, the program chairperson thanked me profusely and gave me a check for fifty dollars.

“Giving these presentations is part of my job,” I said.  “Could I donate the money to one of your causes?”

“That would be wonderful!” she gushed.  “We have just the program that could use it.  We’re trying to raise money so we can afford better speakers.”

~~~

“If All the World’s a Stage, I Want Better Lighting”

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It was their fifth anniversary, and Nina and Lloyd had just returned from the movies. Nina was feeling romantic. “Will you love me when my hair has turned to silver?” she crooned.

“Why not?” Lloyd grunted. “Didn’t I love you through four other shades?”

~~~

“Pray to God but Keep On Rowing Toward Shore”

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Murphy’s Top 10 Laws Of Computing

  1. When computing, whatever happens, behave as though you meant it to happen.
  2. When you get to the point where you really understand your computer, it’s probably obsolete.
  3. The first place to look for information is in the section of the manual where you’d least expect to find it.
  4. When the going gets tough, upgrade.
  5. For every action, there is an equal and opposite malfunction.
  6. To err is human…to blame your computer for your mistakes is even more human, its downright natural.
  7. He who laughs last, probably has a back-up.
  8. The number one cause of computer problems is computer solutions.
  9. A complex system that doesn’t work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.
  10. A computer program will always do what you tell it to do, but rarely what you want it to do.

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Time is what keeps everything from happening at once.

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Worried that his son was spending too much money on dates, a Father asked the boy how much his last date had cost.

The son calculated a minute then replied, “Oh, about $15 or so I think.”

“Well,” said the Father, “I’m proud of you for finally coming up with an inexpensive evening.”

“To be honest Dad,” the son went on, “we’d have done more, but that was all the money she had.”

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“The past is unalterable in any event. The future is the only thing we can change. Learning the lessons of the past is the only way to shape the present and the future.”

Jim Butcher

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

Trust is the Key

 

Ray’s Daily

October 24, 2018

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A healthy relationship is built on unwavering trust.

Beau Mirchoff

Trust

I think one of the most important things in all of life’s aspects is how well you are able to be appreciated by others. I know that unless folks trust you you will miss the good things that come from friendships and supportive colleagues. Think about the people you respect and I think you will find that they have integrity and are trustworthy.

As my wife and I participate in our new community we are building new friendships. Those friendships are built on our being friendly, honest and again trustworthy,

Recently Jon Gordon wrote an article about building trust that is right on, here is what he wrote:

11 WAYS TO BUILD TRUST

  1. Say what you are going to do and then do what you say!
  2. Communicate, communicate, communicate. Frequent, honest communication builds trust. Poor communication is one of the key reasons marriages and work relationships fall apart.
  3. Trust is built one day, one interaction at a time, and yet it can be lost in a moment because of one poor decision. Make the right decision.
  4. Value long term relationships more than short term success.
  5. Sell without selling out. Focus more on your core principles and customer loyalty than short term commissions and profits.
  6. Trust generates commitment; commitment fosters teamwork; and teamwork delivers results. When people trust their team members they not only work harder, but they work harder for the good of the team.
  7. Be honest! My mother always told me to tell the truth. She would say, “If you lie to me then we can’t be a strong family. So don’t ever lie to me even if the news isn’t good.”
  8. Become a coach. Coach your customers. Coach your team at work. Guide people, help them be better and you will earn their trust.
  9. Show people you care about them. When people know you care about their interests as much as your own they will trust you. If they know you are out for yourself, their internal alarm sounds and they will say to themselves “watch out for that person.”
  10. Always do the right thing. We trust those who live, walk and work with integrity.
  11. When you don’t do the right thing, admit it. Be transparent, authentic and willing to share your mistakes and faults. When you are vulnerable and have nothing to hide you radiate trust.

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Most good relationships are built on mutual trust and respect.

Mona Sutphen

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Jimmy Jr. came home with great excitement, saying, “Dad! Dad! Coming back from the mall, I ran home behind the bus all the way and saved the eighty-five cent fare.”

Jimmy Sr. chided him, and shouted, “Spendthrift! Why didn’t you run behind a cab and save $5.00?”

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I dreamt I was asleep, I woke up and I was still sleeping.

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A famous art collector is walking through the city when he notices a mangy cat lapping milk from a saucer in the doorway of a store and he does a double take. He knows that the saucer is extremely old and very valuable, so he walks casually over to the store and offers to buy the cat for two dollars.

The storeowner replies, “I’m sorry, but the cat isn’t for sale.”

The collector says, “Please, I need a hungry cat around the house to catch mice. I’ll pay you twenty dollars for that cat.”

The owner says, “Sold,” and hands over the cat.

The collector continues, “Hey, for the twenty bucks I wonder if you could throw in that old saucer. The cat’s used to it and it’ll save me from having to get a dish.”

The owner says, “Sorry buddy, but that’s my lucky saucer. So far this week I’ve sold sixty-eight cats.”

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“When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn’t the slightest intention of putting it into practice.”

Otto von Bismarck

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Darryl was hired to paint the yellow stripes on a highway. The first day, he painted ten miles of road. The second day, he only painted five. His boss, seeing how he was getting slower, decided to give him a day off, thinking that he needed a rest.

When he came back the next day, he only painted 1/2 mile of road.

His now discouraged boss asked, “Excuse me, but why have you been painting less and less each day, even after I gave you a day off?”

“Simple,” Darryl answered. “I keep getting farther away from the paint can!”

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If thine enemy offendeth thee, give his child a drum.

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The kid was with Santa Claus.  “I wanna have a train, a six-gun, an erector set, a chemistry set, a cowboy suit, a bicycle, a scooter, a catcher’s mitt, a set of soldiers, a toy garage with cars and trucks and a heavy crane–”

“Okay,” laughed Santa.  “I’ll look in the book and see if you were a good boy.”

“Never mind looking in the book.  I’ll settle for a pair of roller skates.”

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All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

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Ken is somewhat of an intellectual as you can tell from the following that he sent us:

The owner of a golf course in Texas was confused about paying an invoice, so he decided to ask his secretary for some mathematical help.

He called her into his office and said, “You graduated from the University of Texas and I need some help. If I were to give you $20,000, minus 14%, how much would you take off?”

The secretary thought a moment, then replied, “Everything but my earrings.”

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“Trust is involved in all the basic elements of a healthy relationship: namely, love (respect and consideration for another person), communication, commitment and honesty.”

Harold Duarte-Bernhardt

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

Letting Go

Ray’s Daily

October 23, 2018

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“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be”

Lao Tzu

Let-Go

Looking back on my long life I have come to realize that the best things that happened, happened when I let go of what I was doing. Often it was not a big thing, more like making sure I allowed enough time to learn, have fun and to participate in what my city had to offer. Almost every time I stepped out of my comfort zone I entered on a path that took me to places and things I enjoyed.

The big step was when I let go of my job in the computer industry, there were many more reasons for me to stay then there were to leave. I was not sure what was going to be next, but it was time to leave. It was the best thing I ever did for my second career while not as rewarding monetarily it was unbelievably rewarding in all other respects.

I am up in years now but I continue to let go of what is not working so I can find what is. Here is an article that you might consider as you look to the years ahead.

LET YOURSELF GO

The other day my friend told me to let go…. he told me not to be so worried about what I’m doing, or what I look like, but to just let myself go once in awhile.

This really got me thinking. Maybe I should let go. Maybe I should do something crazy, just so I can say I did. I’ve got many long years ahead of me and plenty of time to live a fun and happy life.

Sometimes, an opportunity only knocks at the door once, and if you don’t answer it at that particular moment, then you’ll never get another chance. Life is tough, and most of the time we spend our days wondering why things go the way they do.

After thinking for awhile, I’m finally realizing that maybe thinking about this so much is wasting the time in which we could be going out and making the days go better. We’re wasting the time we have here on Earth. By attempting to figure out why life goes the way it does, we lose time when we could be having fun and living our lives to the fullest.

We are only here for a short amount of time. An average of 70-100 years seems long, but it goes faster then we realize. It’s so incredibly important to live every day to its fullest potential. When you’re 87 years old and laying on your death bed, do you want to look back and think of things that you wished you had done?

I don’t know about you but I want to look back and remember all the times when I let myself go and had fun. I want to remember the times when I actually let myself be open to try new things, and open the door to wonderful opportunities.

Life is only wonderful if you leave yourself open to be part of it. Think about it.

Emily Myrick

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“Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.”

Steve Maraboli

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A terrific explosion occurs in a gunpowder factory, and once all the mess has been cleared up, an inquiry begins. One of the few survivors is pulled up to make a statement. “Okay Simpson,” says the investigator, “you were near the scene – what happened ?”

“Well, it’s like this. Old Charley Higgins was in the mixing room, and I saw him take a cigarette out of his pocket and light up.”

“He was smoking in the mixing room ?” the investigator said in stunned horror, “How long had he been with the company?”

“About 20 years, sir”

“20 years in the company, then he goes and strikes a match in the mixing room, I’d have thought it would have been the last thing he’d have done.”

“It was, sir.”

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Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.

Will Rogers

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Two opposing candidates for county office happened to be sitting next to each other in the local diner. One turned to the other and said, “You know why I’m going to win this election? Because of my ‘personal touch.’ For example, I always tip waitresses really well and then ask them to vote for me.”

“Oh, really?” replied the other. “I always tip them a nickel and ask them to vote for you.”

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The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.

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Little Johnny’s father took his small son to the zoo. They were standing in front of the tiger’s cage at the zoo. Johnny’s father was explaining how ferocious and strong tigers are, and little Johnny was taking it all in with a serious expression.

“Dad,” Johnny said finally, “if the tiger got out of his cage and ate you up…”

“Yes, son?” Little Johnny’s father said expectantly.

Johnny continued, “…what bus should I take home?”

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I’ve done the calculation and your chances of winning the lottery are identical whether you play or not.”

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A little boy forgot his lines in a Sunday School presentation. His mother, sitting in the front row to prompt him, gestured and formed the words silently with her lips, but it didn’t help. Her son’s memory was blank. Finally she leaned forward and whispered the cue, “I am the light of the world.”

The child beamed and with great feeling and a loud, clear voice said, “My mother is the light of the world.”

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“Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.”

Roy T. Bennett

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

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